Ruben Salazar Award Winners

Ruben Salazar Award Presentation Moved from NAHJ Conference

Los Angeles – After an unexpected vote by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) to review the memorandum of understanding with the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) “eyeing at termination”, CCNMA has decided to move the presentation of the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for excellence in journalism to it’s October 4th event.

“CCNMA’s Ruben Salazar Award has for decades been one of the top prizes for Latino journalism,” said Joe Rodriguez, president of CCNMA/NAHJ Los Angeles. “We did not want to present the award under the cloud created by the NAHJ board’s decision to jeapordize our partnership. That would not have been fair to the winner and finalists and it would have taken the spotlight away from the memory of Ruben Salazar.”

The award, named after legendary journalist Ruben Salazar, is given to a journalist or group of journalists that have exhibited excellence in  journalism while covering Latinos in Southern California.

Three works of journalism are finalists for the award. Each of the finalists have been alerted of the changes and are disappointed, but excited to attend the new event in the fall.

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2017 Ruben Salazar Excellence in Journalism Award Finalists Announced

On behalf of the California Chicano News Media Association, it is our great pleasure to announce the three finalists for the prestigious Ruben Salazar Award for excellence in journalism.

The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California on September 8th, 11:30am pt at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Ñ Awards Luncheon inside the Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way.

Congratulations to the finalists for being selected for this journalism award in honor of an American legend, truth seeker and defender of the Latino community – Ruben Salazar.

 

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CNN reporters, CSUN student winners of CCNMA’s 16th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez, CNN Newsdesk Editor & Writer

Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado of CNN Digital and CNN en Español have won in the Print/Online category for their story “Generation Gap: Renewed Ties Expose Painful Cuban-American Rift.”

The story focuses on how Cuban-Americans are now a divided people and are evenly split nationwide about President Barack Obama’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba.

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

Jaqueline Hurtado, CNNE All Platform Journalist

The judges said: “In the past, the news media tended to portray the Cuban American community as being single-mindedly against restoring ties with Cuba.

The article contributes to a better understanding of the Cuban American community, which is becoming increasingly diverse in its views

The winner in the Student category is Alex Cory, a graduating senior at California State University, Northridge, for his story “CSUs Lag Behind UCs in Creating ‘Dream Centers.’ ”

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

Alex Corey, graduating senior from California State University, Northridge

The story looks at the slow progress of creating centers to help undocumented students at CSU and community college systems, which serve the bulk of undocumented students in California.

The judges said: “A strong news hook, a nice anecdote to lead into the larger issue and charts galore….The reporter also shows a graceful ability with words. A really fine story.”

There were no winners this year in the TV, Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 35th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo, retired executive with The California Wellness Foundation; Juan Esparza Loera, editor of Vida en el Valle in Fresno; and Celina Rodriguez, who hosts a show on KZSF 1370 AM in San Jose.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

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Winner of CCNMA’s 15th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winner of its 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Leslie Berestein RojasLeslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter for 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena, has won in the radio category for her story “DNA From LA Area Immigrants Could Solve Painful Mysteries From Guatemala’s Civil War.”  The story focuses on a project that uses DNA to identify the bodies of some of Guatemala’s roughly 45,000 wartime desaparecidos.

The judges said: “The writing is excellent as a piece of prose and well done on radio. She presented a story vivid with color and yet managed to tuck the Guatemalan tragedy neatly into the reader’s and listener’s mind without having to unleash that 800-pound gorilla.”

There were no winners this year in the other categories.

Judging was done by retired veteran journalists in the Los Angeles area.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 34th Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Dawn Garcia of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford; Phillip Rodriguez, producer of the film “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle”: Tony Valdez of Fox11 in Los Angeles; and Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena.

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Winners of CCNMA’s 14th Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California today announced the winners of its 14th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards recognizing work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos.

Hannah Dreier won in the print category for her series of stories, “Philosophical Debate, Life and Death Consequences,” about an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally seeking a kidney transplant and the ensuing debate over the moral, political and financial obligations of the procedure. She wrote the stories for the Bay Area News Group last year, but is currently with the AP in Nevada. Judges comment: “It grabs the reader, forcing them off the fence to either side with helping save (the immigrant’s) life or call him a ‘felon’ for breaking immigration law. Well-organized, which allowed the reader to understand the impact that resulted.”

In the TV category, reporter/producer María Leticia Gómez and photographer/editor Edward González of KDTV-TV in San Francisco won for their series “Farmworker Shortage,” which provided a behind-the-scenes look into the Napa Valley wine industry and the struggles of immigrants in the U.S. illegally whose labor allows the industry to thrive. Judges comment: “A well researched, well reported story that gives an in-depth look at the situation in the California vineyards. While it ties in with the need for immigration reform, the advocacy is subtle.”

There were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

Judging was done by retired veteran journalists in the Los Angeles area.

The awards will be formally presented at CCNMA’s 33rd Scholarship Banquet on June 6, 2013, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees that night will be Teresa Quevedo of KMEX Univision34, Robert Lopez of the Los Angeles Times, Norberto Santana Jr. of Voice of OC, and Luis Torres, formerly of KNX Newsradio.

The awards are named after the late Ruben Salazar, who at the time of his death in 1970 was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and news director of Spanish-language television station KMEX in Los Angeles.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

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